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    January 22, 2008

    Bill Richardson regret?

    Posted by: Chris

    Billrichardsonblog Whatever supporters of Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama may say or believe about their candidate following through on promises to push gay rights legislation, today's news brought a reminder that only one candidate in the entire Democratic presidential campaign had a proven record of accomplishment.

    Bill Richardson dropped out of the race after a poor showing in the Iowa and New Hampshire primaries, and we all remember his gay campaign gaffes -- from defending his use of "maricón" on the Don Imus radio show, to lionizing anti-gay and anti-abortion Supreme Court Justice Byron "Whizzer" White, to telling Melissa Etheridge that homosexuality is a "choice."

    But the New Mexico governor was also the only candidate who had actually pushed gay rights -- and transgender rights, even -- into law. And today, even though he's no longer a candidate for national office, he is showing once again that he actually works to get things done on our issues.

    With Richardson's support and encouragement, a bill for domestic partnerships -- essentially civil unions -- passed the New Mexico House Judiciary Committee yesterday. He tried calling a special session of the legislature last year to pass the bill and failed by a single vote. He promised to try again and, sure enough, he is.

    Richardson may yet reemerge as a vice presidential pick for whoever wins the party's nomination. Considering his resume and his potential appeal to Western and Latino voters, either Clinton or Obama could do much worse.

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    1. Monster Beats Sale on Nov 30, 2011 2:17:12 AM:

      his potential appeal to Western and Latino voters, either Clinton or Obama could do much worse.

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